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Authorities in final stage of Easter Attack investigations

Law enforcement authorities and the investigating bodies are in the final stage of their investigations into last year’s Easter Sunday attacks, Police Media Spokesman SP Jaliya Senaratne said. He stated this speaking to the media at the Police Headquarters in Colombo, last evening.

According to Senaratne, so far, 237 suspects have been taken into custody by the Criminal Investigation Department (CID), Terrorist Investigation Division (TID), and the Colombo Crime Division (CCD), in connection with this terrorist attack. Currently, 108 of them are being questioned under Detention Orders, while 56 have been remanded. The others have been released on bail on the Attorney-General’s instructions. A few other suspects are yet to be arrested over the incident, and police investigations on them are still continuing. They will also be arrested once the investigations are finished, and produced before the courts, he added.

Senaratne also stressed that the police have evidence strong enough to prosecute the already-arrested suspects. Criminal investigations are expected to come to an end very soon, and judiciary actions will be taken on the advice of the Attorney-General thereafter, he said.

The Spokesperson told the media that apart from the suspects, three T56 guns, two revolvers, one pistol, one 12-Bore gun, 2,000 detonators, as well as 600 gelignite sticks and other explosives, were also seized by the police.

“According to the investigations, it has been revealed that the Easter attacks was not an isolated incident, but the result of a series of prior interconnected crimes linked to religious extremism,” the police spokesperson added.


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